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USQ Student Awards

Recognising student excellence - The USQ Student Awards are university wide awards which recognise outstanding achievement and student contribution to the community and the University.
Nominations for the 2021 USQ Student Awards are now open, for a range of achievements and contributions.
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2021 Award Categories

This award goes to a student who has demonstrated involvement and commitment to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community and has made a positive impact within this community.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Outline and provide examples of the involvement and commitment the nominee had made to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community
  • Outline and provide examples of the impact the nominee has made within this community

USQ students have a wide range of opportunities to participate in university life. These extra-curricular and co-curricular activities compliment their studies and enrich their learning experiences. The USQ All Rounder Award recognises a student who has demonstrated a high level of academic success, while actively engaging in a range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. This could include sports, leadership, arts, cultural, clubs and community service.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Demonstrate and provide examples of how the nominee participated, contributed or showed excellence in a range of areas
  • Demonstrate and provide examples of how the nominee achieved academic success (must have a GPA of 5.0 and above in the 2021 academic year)

Clubs play an integral part to enriching the student experience and each member of the club has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the success of the club. The Club Member of the Year recognises a current USQ Student Club member who has shown outstanding commitment to their Club and played an integral role in the Club's achievements.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Demonstrate and provide examples of nominee’s significant contribution to the club
  • Demonstrate and provide examples of how they have supported others within the club
  • Demonstrate and provide examples of how they have championed the improvement and implementation of new club activities/programs and/or processes

Clubs and Societies are an important part of student life at USQ. They allow our students to meet new people, develop lifelong friendships, learn new skills and take part in a range of activities that matter to them. The Highest Achieving USQ Club Award goes to a USQ affiliated club which has made a substantial positive impact within the University and its community. The Club will also demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and developing new initiatives.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Demonstrate and provide examples of how the Club has made a positive impact within the University community and/or University life
  • Demonstrate and provide examples of new club initiatives and continuous improvement

Our USQ student club communities are diverse, vibrant and ever-expanding. Each year, new USQ student clubs find themselves overcoming the exciting challenges of finding members, developing their constitutions and club by laws, as well as creating a schedule of events to keep their club running. USQ Young Club of the Year Award recognises an up-and-coming USQ student club or society – formed within the last two years – for outstanding contributions to student life at USQ, and having a positive impact for the Club’s members.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Demonstrate and provide examples of the Club’s positive impact on the USQ student community
  • Demonstrate and provide examples of the Club’s developed initiatives that support members

Community service allows our students to put their leadership skills into action and make a positive difference to the communities in which they live. The USQ Community Service Award recognises a student who has demonstrated active and enthusiastic participation in community service or volunteering initiatives.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Detail the community service and/or volunteering initiatives that the nominee has participated in (must not be part of the nominee’s job description or receive monetary benefits from the initiatives)
  • Demonstrate the impact that the nominee has made on the community

USQ proudly supports, values, and respects the wide variety of cultural identities, languages, and beliefs within the university. The USQ International Community Engagement Award recognises a student for their outstanding contributions to supporting our international communities. This student will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity at the University of Southern Queensland.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Outline and provide examples of the contributed to and supported USQ international student communities (e.g. cultural meet and greets, cultural events, welcome events, raising cultural awareness activities)
  • Outline and provide examples of how the nominee has promoted diversity, equity and inclusivity at the University of Southern Queensland

Academic and Governance Student Representatives (ASR) play a vital role in the decision-making processes at USQ.  They represent the student voice by building and fostering collaborative and positive relationships with staff, students and stakeholders. These student representatives volunteer their time to actively contribute to their learning journey and improve the student experience for all of their peers. The Academic Student Representative of the Year Award recognises a student who has fully immersed themselves in their role and gone above and beyond their role to actively advocate for the student voice, while participating in decision making at USQ.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021.

  • Outline and provide examples for the nominee’s biggest achievement in their role? (Use the STAR format S=Situation T=Task A=Action R=Result)
  • Outline and provide examples of how the nominee has been actively seeking opportunities to assist them in their role (e.g. consider professional development, extracurricular, community engagement and networking)
  • Outline and provide examples of how the nominee has provided an open channel for the Student Voice (e.g. surveys, feedback, announcements in a lecture and forums)

The Student Representative Committee (SRC) is a student group focused on coordinating a program of social events for USQ students each year and representing the student voice on the USQ Student Forum. The Student Representative Committee Member of the Year award recognises a student who goes above and beyond to represent the student voice by assisting in the enriching activities and initiatives provided by the SRC.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Outline and provide examples for the nominee’s biggest achievement in their role? (Use the STAR format S=Situation T=Task A=Action R=Result)
  • Outline and provide examples of how the nominee has been actively seeking opportunities to assist them in their role (e.g. consider professional development, extracurricular, community engagement and networking)
  • Outline and provide examples of how the nominee has provided an open channel for the Student Voice (e.g. surveys, feedback, announcements in a lecture and forums)

The USQ Service to Sport Award is granted to the student who achieves great things in sport off the field, excelling in the areas of coaching, refereeing, sporting club/event administration and delivery, or volunteering generally in their chosen sport.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Outline and provide examples how the nominee has achieved excellence in sports administration, including coaching and/or refereeing as well as club development and volunteering generally
  • Outline and provide examples how the nominee has contributed to the USQ sporting community and/or university life through coaching, administration and/or refereeing, as well as volunteering generally

The USQ Sporting Excellence Award recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their chosen sport. The award shall be awarded to nominees who have achieved a standard in their sport that is above average for student-athletes. This award can be received by multiple recipients each year.

Nomination Criteria:

The 2021 USQ Student Awards recognises achievements in the period 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. Nominations close 15 September 2021.

  • Outline and provide examples of what sporting achievements the nominee has achieved. This can be at a community, local, state, national and/or international level (e.g. local sporting clubs, Nationals Division 1 + 2, Indigenous Nationals or on-campus intervarsity events)
  • Outline and provide examples of how the nominee has exhibited a sense of fair play and good sportsmanship

The USQ Sportsperson of the Year Awards is granted to the student whose sporting achievements and sense of fair play have been deemed to be of the highest level. Nomination criteria is not applicable, as this Award is selected from the Sporting Excellence Award recipients.

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